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Neymar has blasted referee Jair Marrufo for showing him and his Brazil side “a lack of respect” when he booked the Paris Saint-Germain star in the Selecao’s 5-0 friendly victory over El Salvador on Tuesday.
Per Globo Esporte (h/t Mark Jones of the Mirror), Neymar believes it was his reputation that saw him pick up a caution when he went over in the penalty box just before half-time:
“I do not know what I have to do to live with it [this reputation], there’s no way I’m going to stand for a situation like this. I think it has to end. But it’s not up to me, so much that I did not say anything, I went on with my football.
“It’s a lack of respect, not just with me, but with my team-mates as well. Playing with a yellow card is tricky. The guy comes here to officiate a Brazilian national team match, which is a very big selection, and he does that. … I don’t think it is correct.
“If he does not want to give the penalty, it’s not a problem, but the card is unnecessary.“
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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